Almanac Racing – uninspired at the buffet

An occasional colleague of mine loves the races. He doesn’t work too hard so I can be sure that if I see him on a Thursday he’ll already have a handle on the weekend’s fields. Going to the track has lost its lustre but a Saturday ritual is in place – couch, laptop and TV. A modest bettor, this is the passionate punter of the 21st Century.

Tuesday he confessed to having overlooked the ANZAC races. Completely. Forgot. Another gambler butted in: “Do they race on ANZAC Day?”. Talk about sliding to oblivion! Once embedded, now irrelevant. Flemington was a wasteland.

We’ll struggle to get any more than a skeleton crew to the course from now until September. The RVL has designed a lucrative and diverse winter programme to reward persistent owners/trainers/hoops but only the most dogged of punters will pay attention. Sports betting is capturing the “mug” money and horseracing fans can easily cast their eyes further than the domestic offering.

The schedule’s quite clear. Warrnambool next week is an annual highlight (read Simon Hogan’s “Jump To The ‘Bool” posted today). Following that Adelaide has the Oaks/Sangster on May7 and then the Goodwood a fortnight after. The caravan then rolls to Queensland’s Winter Carnival. Let’s hope that Eagle Farm’s ready for action. Soon enough the good’uns return here and the despondent footy pundits ponder Cup feature markets.

So I’ll spend little time on detail regarding this week’s offerings other than to note that there are always meetings around the country and the globe and I’m always interested in a push for a winner!

Formguide observers will notice that RNSW has finally vacated Randwick – indeed the metrop area – and started the provincial whistle-stops. This week it is Hawkesbury where, thanks to Godolphin’s riches, a few races excite interest. The Cup seems to have the usual suspects but there’s a Sprint and the ubiquitous Guineas and F+M offerings that always attract good betting fields.

Brisbane hosts three races that rate above the usual humdrum.

BR2- Bribie H’cp (1050m, Quality, Listed)

BR6- Victory Stakes (1200m, WFA, G2)

BR7- Gunsynd Classic (1630m, 3yo, SW, G3)

The WFA looks to be the pick of them. Ultra-consistent Fell Swoop will be odds on. His form’s excellent for this grade. A rejuvenated Knoydart and maybe Artlee are two of few likely challengers.

In Adelaide, the SAJC’s guarding their main track at Morphettville, bizarrely racing 7 times on the “Parks” and then finishing with the Chairman’s Stakes (AR8, 2020m, 3yo, SW, G3) on the wider turf expanse. It’s an OK card with the Nitschke and others as reasonable supports but the following week will be a beauty.

Down here in Melbourne the MRC have good fields for this time of the year but I’ll be staying out (unless convinced otherwise!).


Sunday is all about Chautauqua and Buffering as ShaTin’s bumper day is beamed in to Australia and then there’s Alice Springs Cup on Monday to reinforce the scope of racing’s local and global reach.


I’m sitting on my ‘Bool bank so will take some convincing to dip in to it beforehand- but I’m willing to listen to any persuasive urgers.

Good luck!


  1. Peter Flynn says

    See you at the Bool.

  2. Yep. As toey as Banna Strand!

  3. Crio,

    When you’re down, and confused.
    Nothing seems right,
    And it’s you who decides,
    Who’s going to make it right.

    Caulfield R3 No.14 (Needs Give in the track)

  4. Elvis,
    Hadn’t seen it in the fields. Rain forecast. Good luck!

  5. Elvis, you are the “pompidus” of horse owners. I hope you are – a winner, a grinner, a lover and a sinner in that order.

  6. echo that Jock.
    Still time to get to Warrnambool. Cars leaving Adelaide on Monday and digs available in Pt Fairy.
    Even race tkts.
    Failing that, I’ll be at Morphettville for Oaks (and Bay Oval on the Friday night)
    Good luck.

  7. Excellent. I’m also planning the Bay on Friday night, they’re going OK and put up a pretty good performance last week against the Crows B team who are pretty strong as there are few injuries.

  8. Not overly excited by tomorrows fields but there are a couple in Adel that I like.
    Race 7 Riziz- gets a good draw and won’t be off the track like the last few starts should get an easy run.
    Race 8 Royal Rumble- In the wrong part of the track last time in Melb and didn’t get any breaks, will be too good.

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